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Cole Custer Becomes Youngest Winner in NASCAR K&N Pro Series History at Iowa Speedway

August 3rd, 2013 at 1:50 AM
By Mark Eddinger

At just 15 years, 6 months, and 10 days Cole Custer became the youngest winner in NASCAR K&N Pro Series history by winning the Pork Be Inspired 150 on Friday night at Iowa Speedway. The race was a combination event featuring drivers from both the K&N Pro Series East and West. Custer became the first driver to ever lead wire-to-wire in the history of the combination race.

'Iowa Motor Speedway Newton Iowa' photo (c) 2007, Matt Owen - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Dylan Kwasniewski held the West Series record for youngest winner at the age of 16 years, 2 months, and 6 days. Darrell Wallace Jr held the East Series record at the age of 16 years, 5 months, and 19 days.

Custer, he son of Stewart-Haas Racing executive Joe Custer, drove the No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet. He picked up his first career pole on Friday and then capped that by leading every one of the 150 laps to win his first race in only his ninth career start.

Eddie MacDonald finished second after starting 18th in the 40 car field and was 2.679 seconds behind at the checkered flag. Daniel Saurez finished third.

Fourth was Greg Pursley. He picked up the win for the West Series by being the highest finishing West driver. It is his second win of the 2013 season and 15th of his West Series career.

Jesse Little finished fifth and Cameron Hayley sixth. Kenzie Ruston was seventh, Ryan Gifford eighth, Brett Moffitt ninth, and Ben Rhodes tenth. Michael Self, the winner of the first combination race at Iowa this season, finished 11th. East Series points leader Dylan Kwasniewski was 12th. West Series points leader Derek Thorn finished 16th and was the fourth highest finishing West driver.

There were six cautions for a total of 36 laps but even through all the restarts no one had anything for Custer. The largest accident of the night happened on lap 98 and took out Brandon Jones, Cale Conley, and Austin Dyne.

After nine East Series races Kwasniewski holds a 21 point lead over Brett Moffitt. Ben Kennedy is third and 32 points back. Ryan Gifford is fourth, and Eddie MacDonald fifth. Custer moved up to tenth. The next race for the East Series is at Virginia International Raceway for the Biscuitville 125 on August 24th. The road course event will be contested on VIR’s 2.25-mile North Course.

Derek Thorn has a 12 point lead after eight West Series races over Michael Self. Cameron Hayley is 15 points back in third. Greg Pursley is fourth, and Dylan Lupton fifth. The next race for the West Series is the NAPA Auto Parts/Evergreen 150 presented by Toyota at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash., on August 17th.

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Tags: Brett Moffitt, Cameron Hayley, Cole Custer, Darrell Wallace Jr., Derek Thorn, Dylan Kwasniewski, Eddie MacDonald, Greg Pursley, Iowa Speedway, Jesse Little, K&N Pro Series East, Michael Self, Motorsports, NASCAR, Ryan Gifford

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